Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Roomba 980 caught our attention when it was announced back in September because it’s the first iRobot vacuum robot in a very long time to incorporate a major upgrade to its cleaning technique. For generations, Roombas have used a sensor-driven pseudorandom coverage method to bounce around a room, cleaning every part of your floor an average of three times, from several different angles. This is an effective way to clean, but it’s not particularly efficient, and it’s often difficult for Roomba to cover a n entire level of a home with multiple rooms

What’s new about the Roomba 980 is that it can localize: it builds a map of its environment (your house) and then intelligently navigates to make sure that it covers every spot. Previous Roomba models can typically clean up to

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Market conditions were unfavorable for industrial equipment makers in the first three quarters of 2015. Thereafter, per the Federal Reserve report, industrial production in the U. S. declined 0.6% sequentially in November due to a fall in mining and utilities

Fight against hospital-acquired infection begs joint effort

By Mariecar Jara-Puyod December 18, 2015 Print Send to Friend DUBAI: Have you ever wondered why the sheets at the doctors’ consultation rooms are similar to paper towels, easily rolled down and immediately discarded after use? It has to do

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An Ordnance Survey software pilot has helped save lives, so say the Community First Responders (CFRs ) who used it. The prototype mobile web app was used by a sample of CFRs from across the country over an eight week

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To get you ready for all of college football’s post-season action, and to help you prepare for the 2016 NFL Draft, we’re offering up one player to keep an eye on for each bowl team. Here’s who to watch during the games taking place Dec. 31 through Jan. 2: Peach Bowl (Dec. 31)

Houston vs. Florida State Houston: William Jackson, CB. ESPN’s Todd McShay wrote last month that he is “hearing a lot of Day 2 buzz” about Jackson. And honestly, I’m not sure that even sets the bar high enough. Jackson (6’1″,

China’s exports declined for the ninth consecutive month in November, falling even more than forecast (-6.8% vs -5% estimated). This data has set off alarm bells in the raw material markets and amongst producer countries, most of which are emerging economies, given that China is their main consumer on a global level. Raw material prices are at their lowest levels since the beginning of the last century

China is the main importer of raw materials and its economic slowdown, combined with the dollar’s strong appreciation against other currencies, are considered to be the main reasons for the slump in raw material prices which could have unimaginable consequences

The hike in visa fee will hurt the onshore business of IT services firms, says Sudin Apte, CEO and Research Director at Offshore Insights. Margins in the onshore business are lower compared to the offshore business, Apte says

He sees a double whammy for IT services companies in the December quarter as the disruption from the Chennai floods will weigh on what traditionally is a weak quarter. But Apte does not expect the impact from the natural disaster

Sixteen new companies have been added to the Start-Up NY program, with next-level technological endeavors once again setting the tone

Start-Up NY creates zones around colleges and universities where businesses that commit to creating net new jobs in New York State can operate 100 percent tax-free for 10 years – paying no state income tax, business or corporate state or

Friends and loved ones come together during tragedy to help shooting victims this holiday season

OBAMA VISIT FAMILIES APPRECIATIVE: Meeting called uplifting, inspiring GUN CONTROL: Obama considering executive action after visit CASSIE MacDUFF: Runway fit for a chief MORE TERRORISM COVERAGE MEMORIAL: Sierra Clayborn’s sunny personality recalled MEMORIAL: Michael Wetzel is in heaven, pastor says

The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) plunged 41.5% last year, making it one of the worst-performing single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds. As a result, finding investors that are bullish on Brazilian equities is becoming an increasingly difficult task

Multiple factors are dragging on the Brazilian economy. Unemployment rose to 7.9% in September from 4.7% in October last year. Inflation has jumped over 10% for the first time since 2002. The budget deficit has widened to 9.5% of GDP.

A messy weather map the next 24 hours across the southeast; a few storms could be on deck late Saturday locally and could be strong. Stay weather aware! (Source: WECT)

As the skies clear on Sunday; expect temperatures to rebound nicely into the lower and middle 60s by the afternoon hours. (Source: WECT) Wedged between a developing low offshore, a high pressure ridge to the north and another developing over

Now that 2015 has come and gone, construction professionals are focusing attention on the year ahead. Analysts predict 2016 will be a strong year for the industry, as Dodge Data & Analytics’ 2016 Construction Outlook report predicted 6% growth, with the value of construction starts reaching an estimated $712 billion

We talked with experts from various sectors of the construction industry to find out their predictions for 2016. Their answers varied from new technology trends, to workforce concerns, to homebuyer preferences. But one common thread connected all of the experts:

By Leslee Kulba – Much is written in the local press about the City of Asheville’s proposed strategies to address an affordable housing crisis, which, according to the infamous Bowen report is now a crisis at all income levels. A study conducted by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University reached similar conclusions about the entire nation. The Harvard scholars called for “intervention,” while local luminaries repeated government would not be able to address the problem without the help of the private sector

In April, the city’s Housing and Community Development Committee received recommendations from the city’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Recommendations included increasing the city’s disbursement to its Housing Trust Fund from $500,000 to 1 cent per $100 of assessed property values,

Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves

Episode #156 A couple of weeks ago my Mac displayed an alert telling me that my Time Machine disk was damaged and that I should repair or replace it as soon as possible. The first thing I tried was Disk

The Moto G might not be fortunate to get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update officially, but it is still possible for owners to experience the new OS thanks to CyanogenMod CM13 custom ROM

According to Latin Post, the CM13 for the new Moto G 2015 is still in the early stages of development. But those users who can’t wait to upgrade their smartphone’s OS can now test the firmware. Based on Android 6.0

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